Study Guide for The Alchemist
alchemy- form of chemistry
Andalusia- region in Southern Spain
caravan- company of travelers
Egypt- country in Northern Africa
levanter- strong wind over Mediterranean
omen- sign of something to come
oasis- fertile place in desert
myth- traditional story
parable- short, simple story
simum- a desert sandstorm
B. Create a resume for Santiago. (in class activity)Think about your Personal Legend in life. Be prepared to write a paragraph about the theme that Paul Coelho was expressing in the book. (in class activity)Week of February 24th:
- Grammar: Edit resumes for grammatical errors
- Literature: Begin reading On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
English 12 Midterm Exam
Parts of Speech: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, and Adverbs
Nouns are persons, places, things, or ideas (examples: desk, school, Farmwell Station Middle School, freedom, liberty, United States Constitution, New York, Mr. Anderson).
Nouns are Proper (Mr. Anderson, Broad Run High School, and Ashburn) and Common (boy, car, and mountains). In the following sentence, circle the Proper Noun.
The teacher gave the book and study guide to Julia.
In the following sentence, circle the Common Noun/Nouns.
Our principal, Mr. Anderson, tells a joke before the announcements.
On the spaces below, change the Proper Nouns to Common Nouns:
Broad Run High School _________________
On the spaces below, change the Common Nouns to Proper Nouns:
sports team _________________
Pronouns are used in place of nouns (examples: he, she, it, him, her, and them).
Pronouns are either Subjective (doer of action) or Objective (receiver of action).
In the following sentence, replace the Proper Noun with a Subjective Pronoun.
Louisa went to the mall to buy socks, shoes, and make-up.
In the following sentence, replace the receiver of the action with an Objective Pronoun.
The French teacher gave notes to John.
In the spaces below, change the nouns to pronouns:
Alex and Melissa _______________
In the spaces below, change the pronouns to nouns:
Adjectives describe nouns (examples: blue sky, torrential storms, and obedient dog).
On the blank spaces below, complete the sentences use adjectives to describe the nouns.
Mary ate a ___________________ lunch of _______________ salad and __________________ soup.
Adverbs describe verbs (examples: walked slowly, ate voraciously, and ran quickly).
On the blank space below, write an adverb to describe the verb.
After the last class of the day, the students ran ________________________to catch their bus.
End Punctuation: Use either a period (declarative sentence), question mark (asking a question), or an exclamation point (shows strong feelings). Add end punctuation for the sentences below.
Have you handed in your essay to your teacher
Jack, erase the board
I am wondering if we will have a stormy February
Why are you not going to the basketball game
Verb Tenses: Past, Present, and Future
If a verb is used in the past, an ed is added to the word (cooked). If the verb is used in the present tense, an s is added for a singular subject and add a helping verb is to form a verb phrase (cook, cooks, is cooking). If the task will be performed in the future, add will before the verb.
Make changes to the verb to make the sentences grammatically correct.
Sandi _________________ (bake) chocolate chip cookies every Wednesday.
Yesterday, Fred and Maurice __________________ (shop) for new cars.
Tomorrow, the teacher __________________________ (give) the class their study
to scold angrily
to drive away
to go backwards
the highest point
“This Blessed House” by Jhumpa Lahiri
Sanjeev and Twinkle, a Hindu couple of Indian descent, are recently married. They are young professionals who just bought their first house. Sanjeev is a young professional who wants to succeed in life. He is neat and precise. Twinkle is carefree, happy, and excited about decorating their new home. Here is the situation: When Twinkle and Sanjeev would go around their house decorating and fixing up their new home, they would find Christian articles around their home. They found statutes of Jesus and the Virgin Mary along with other Christian keepsakes. These articles would be found in every room of the house, even the attic. Sanjeev’s first reaction was to throw these items into the trash; he hated them. Twinkle, on the other hand, thought of the religious articles as treasures. She loved them and wanted to display them prominently in their home. Toward the end of the story, Sanjeev begins to realize that, just because he and Twinkle were so diverse in thinking, this should not keep them from growing together as a couple. This is a story about culture and personality.
“The Good Brother’s Reward” retold by Frances Carpenter
This is a Korean folktale about greed. The lesson in the tale uses gourd seeds and how they are sewn and cared for will produce much or little. The theme explains to the reader that we make choices in life about our behavior.
“The Trout” by Sean O’Faolain
Sean O’Faolain is an Irish writer who had an early life filled with struggles. In addition to teaching English, O’Faolain also was a political activist. This short story is written in dialogue form. Julia and her little brother, Stephen, are the main characters. Clearly, Julia wants to be in control, but in the end, a sense of warmth and caring for the trout brings about a transformation in how she acts and what she says. “The Trout” takes the problem, how to free the trout from the suffocating hole in the rock, to a solution of releasing the trout. Julia wanted to keep the trout for herself, but realizes that it is selfish and she has the control to release the fish.
“Clever Manka” retold by Parker Filmore
“Clever Manka” is a Czechoslovakian tale that deals with greed and dishonesty. A rich farmer, who always cheated the people in his community, asked the mayor to settle a dispute over a cow. The mayor, who was taken with his new wife Manka, asked her to never interfere with his judgments. If Manka interfered, her husband would send her home to her father. Manka did interfere and was sent home by her husband. Before she left he gave her one final wish. Manka chose to make the mayor all his favorite food; he ate and ate until he fell into a deep sleep. Manka then took him home to her father’s modest cottage. When the mayor awoke, he realized that Manka was very clever, and how much he loved her.
MLA Citation- Use the following example for citing a book. Another example will be provided for your exam.
The book is written by John Sanford. The title of the book is Rules of Prey, and it was written in 1989. G. P. Putnam’s Sons published the book in 1989. There are 362 pages in the book.
Sanford, John. Rules of Prey. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1989. 362. Print.Thesis Statements - Example: Tell us about your favorite food and why. Use the formula provided below.My favorite food is vanilla ice cream, because it is sweet, creamy, and satisfying.Creative Writing- You will have an opportunity to write another creative paragraph. This will be the fun part of your midterm and does not require preparation.Quarter 2
Vocabulary # 3 Quiz December 9, 2013
juxtapose- compare or contrast
subsidize-to help with costs
collaborate- team up
instigate- cause or incite
resilient- quick to recover
retrospect- looking back on something
scoff- to ridicule
squelch- to hold back
zealot- extremist or fanatic
Welcome!This quarter we will be focusing on reading comprehension, inferences and details. In writing we will be focusing on brief writing as well as 3-5 paragraph essays. Additionally, we will review grammar, punctuation, and vocabularyINDIVIDUAL READ BOOK: This project is an out of class project and the directions are as follows:Independent Read
Due Date: Friday, October 25thRequirements:Place materials in paper bag or baggie5 items or images that represent the following: place, problem, antagonist, protagonist, and resolution
Place the five items in the bag and hand in NO LATER THAN October 25th.LITERATURE/READING: The students will read "This Blessed House" by Jhumpa Lahiri, readings from the Great Depression, and a number of selections to increase reading comprehension, inferences, and details.WRITING: The students will focus on journal reflections, writing thesis statements, friendly letters, and a descriptive essay.Essay:
Great Depression Essay
(1) Five paragraphs
Paragraph #1- Introduction (4-5 sentences)
Last sentence in the paragraph is the thesis statement
Thesis Statement: The Great Depression was a hardship in the lives of
Americans, because ____________________, ______________________,
(The three blanks might be something like the following: of the stock market crash,
unemployment, and hunger.)
Paragraph #2- talks about the first blank (perhaps the stock market crash)
Paragraph #3- talks about the second blank (perhaps unemployment)
Paragraph #4- talks about the third blank (perhaps hunger)
Paragraph # 5- conclusion (restates paragraph # 1)
(2) Other Requirements
Indented paragraphs, Times Roman #12, double-spaced, title and student name